‘Person-centred care’ must be more than just a catch-phrase

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The diagnosis of dementia was devastating, with a deep sense of loss because our extremely close relationship would never be the same. My mother gradually became forgetful about medication, disorientated and confused. My mother was very active, intelligent and had learnt several languages. Over five years she became dependent on a walking frame and help with finances, meals and personal care. We could no longer go on holiday or out walking together – organising a hospital appointment was a major operation. It was heartbreaking to watch her struggle with daily living. We adapted, still making time to laugh and enjoy each other’s company. People with dementia need specialist care. Relatives want reassurance that their loved one is safe and well. Many welcome an opportunity to help with care. In addition to measuring physical abilities, assessors should ask individuals, in a language they understand, what is important to them that will improve their quality of life. My mother saw her care assessment as an in

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